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Phase 1 of courthouse project complete

File photo of the Tyler County, Texas, Courthouse. File photo of the Tyler County, Texas, Courthouse.
By Chris Edwards
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WOODVILLE – The Tyler County Commissioners Court met on Monday morning in person, with social distancing implemented, in the District Courtroom at the Tyler County Courthouse.

The commissioners approved a resolution to apply for a matching grant through the CARES Act for election needs.
County Clerk Donece Gregory said that the money will take care of anything the county needs pertaining to the coming elections in light of the coronavirus pandemic response.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law in March includes $400 million in new Help America Vote emergency funds.

The funds are available for states to prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus for the 2020 federal election cycle, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission website.

More than $24 million is available in the funds for Texas, and the money comes with a 20% match. Gregory said the county is eligible for more than $21K in funds from the grant, and the match will come at a little more than $4,000.

Gregory said the county will get the funds in a few months, once the application is filed.


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Phase one of courthouse project complete
County Judge Jacques Blanchette provided an update on the courthouse remediation project. Phase one of the work, he said, is complete. Prior to Monday morning’s meeting, Blanchette and the project’s steering committee met, and agreed to meet with the architects from LaBiche Architectural Firm.
Final plans and specifications are in place, said Blanchette. “We will talk with [the architect] about some independent work that we’ve done that the court supported regarding cost estimates,” he said.
Blanchette said following the meeting, the committee will bring a recommendation to the court for guidance on what to do for the next step.

Other Business
Also discussed during Monday’s meeting:
• The resignation of Pct. 2 Commissioner Stevan Sturrock from the DETCOG Board of Directors was approved, and the appointment of Pct. 4 Commissioner Buck Hudson to the board was also approved for a two-year term beginning on July 1.
• The commissioners awarded bids for road transportation materials, culverts, bridge materials, cracked fuel oil and hauling
• The resignations of Emergency Services District #3 commissioners Clyde Caldwell and Royce Hill were accepted.
• A bond was approved for Ronnie Ford in the amount of $10,000 for a year. Ford will fill the unexpired term as Pct. 1 Constable after Dale Freeman’s retirement.
• The purchase of a Kubota mini-excavator for Pct. 4 was approved.
• The renewal of an interlocal agreement with Polk County Jail for housing inmates was approved.


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